Monday, April 17, 2006

The Danger of Comments

Saying for the Day: A good comment is like a beautiful drawing. It delights the eyes.

It’s leave a comment Monday and with great fear and trepidation I have been leaving comments.

I am afraid because I am not good at writing comments.

First of all there is no spell checker . Since my spelling ability is about that of a second grader that scares me. ( I know its that bad because somebody on whose blog I left a comment said so)

If that wasn’t bad enough I never took typing and some of the letters on my keyboard have worn off. So some of my bad spelling is really bad typing.

To compound this I can’t proofread. I couldn’t spot a mistake if it was highlighted in red. That is until I push the comment button. Then all the mistakes jump out at me. Its like a filter comes off of my eyes and there in plain sight are all those mistakes. Ick!

Once this got me into trouble . I saw the spelling mistakes. I left a second comment that said a spelling checker would be helpful.
The guy thought I was referring to his blog and left me a comment that he uses a spelling checker. I was so mortified.

Sometimes the blog gets to my emotions. You should never leave a comment if your emotions are involved.

I read a blog where the entire family was shooting each other with BB guns. So I left a comment that this was stupid. But because of the emotion I didn’t word it well. The blog turned out to have been written by a thirteen year old boy and his mother thought I was calling his blog stupid. She called down the wrath of God on me.

If I had stopped to think I would have written : ” I do not think it is wise for people to shoot each other with BB guns”. That would have been clear.

Despite the fact that I spell poorly, type badly, and don’t say what I mean I am going to take the risk and keep leaving comments.


Because that’s the way you get people to leave comments back.

And I love comments.

Even if the comments call down the wrath of God.

8600 spins without a prize. Old Hapless only got two numbers right in the lottery yesterday. He got two numbers out of seven. That's better than the day before when he only got one. Perhaps he's working up toward three or four. Of course he needs all seven to win. But he keeps trying. Why ? Why ? Why ?
Well Uncle Wiggly lovers if old Hapless doesn't find those seven special numbers causing him to take his grandkids to Disneyland and thus quit blogging. We will be back tomorrow with "As the World Spins".

Well my grandkids have gone home and left us with 17 colored hard boiled eggs ( I hate hard boiled eggs). I guess that's what I have to snack on for the week. Spent most of the day working on trestles. I finished the first one and varnished it. Then started on the second one which is now half done. Betty spent the day trying to get the house back into shape after the grandkids. Well I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Mimi said...

When it comes to what I write, I am crazy about the spelling being right. But for peoples comments I do not care. And I think it is rude to tell someone they need to use spellcheck, unless it is illegible.

As for the BB thing. I read that blog and I knew what you meant. I don't understand why it was misunderstood. That mom was too quick to jump the gun.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

I have seen that keyboard and it needs to be replaced. I think you should be able to leave a video comment that way you can see the feelings behind the comment and no spelling errors.

6:54 AM  
Blogger W. J. St. Christopher said...

The audacity (did I spell that right?) of some pretentious blogger to point out spelling errors when you're considerate enough to leave a comment! Poppycock!

I LOVE my comments -- they're like friends dropping by to visit (and I don't have to clean the house to see them!)

I haven't noticed any great errors in your comments, but I also wouldn't care if I did. Comment away!

And you're right -- it isn't wise for people to shoot at each other with BB guns.

It's stupid!

7:06 AM  
Blogger W. J. St. Christopher said...

Doc, right now, I'm enjoying a decadent breakfast of left-over Easter cake! Yum!

7:09 AM  
Blogger Caz said...

Your comment on my blog had no errors, so you can't be nearly as bad as you think!

Besides, I agree with Mimi - I don't mind errors in comments, as you can usually figure out what the person meant to say.

I know my comments often have typo's, but I'd rather leave a comment for someone than not leave one, purely because I don't have the time to proof read & do corrections all the time - sometimes I do; sometimes not.


7:18 AM  
Anonymous Jason said...

I love the idea of having a special comment day. I surf a lot of blogs but don't comment as much as I'd like to because sometimes I don't know what to say. When I do leave comments, I try very hard to keep it on the subject of the post, and that it's relevant and meaningful.

Your idea of Comment Monday is great though, I think I'll give that a shot, to try and force me to comment a little more!

8:26 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

We must be related because I have to same problem. I even proof read but it seems once I hit the post button all the errors jump out as of to say "SURPRISE!"

If they made it easier to correct the errors, that would help. I liked Pete's video idea but rather than seeing me, I would leave a voice comment, like voice mail.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

I'm also a bad speller. Here is what you do; go get one of those small spell checkers. They usually sell them where they sell calculators, and cost about $15. Big help to me!

Happy birthday to your grandson.


9:06 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

I am always just pleased to see tha comments...I dont pick at the spelling. You do fine dr John....dont sweat the petty stuff ( and dont pet the sweaty stuff!!!)
I know what you mean about the hard boiled could make egg salad..or cut them up on a salad..I love eggs with a salad...I have lasagne left ( i know you dont like it)..I put a pot of bean soup on last Im having that today...

12:34 PM  
Anonymous TC said...

Personally I question the wisdom of letting a 13 year old broadcast a blog on the World Wide Weird-o-sphere (see that, Doc, I just invented that, so no one, and I mean NO ONE can tell me it's wrongly spelt).

Although I do sometimes have problems with 'diarrhoea'...

..but not since I left Mexico...

12:53 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

I had to rush out of the house first thing and i got to tell you that i was often thinking how today was the first day in such a long time that i didn't start my day reading your blog. I love starting my day reading whatever you write. I think, somehow, i feel closer to my grandparents. The reason i'm telling you this is because i want you to know that you never have to be stressed out over leaving comments on my blog. I felt right at home from the get go reading your blog. In this blogger world i have found myself a family that i feel very fond of. I enjoy and try to understand and learn if i can from your words. I think i'm not the only one who appreciates your opinions or thoughts. Just let your words express whom you are. That should be good enough. I think it's human nature to react defensively or with hesistance when we hear/read something that we don't quite understand. But human nature isn't always the right way. As long as their is no malicious intent please don't worry that you might say something wrong. I think that the fact that somebody is interested enough to spend the time reading our words is a compliment enough. As for spell checker, i cannot tell you how often i used it and i still find many mistakes right after i post anything. It's murphy's law i guess.
I need a spell checker when i write for that isn't all. A grammar checker, if used, would serve me much and to not be always thinking in 2 sometimes a bit of a 3rd different languages would help. I got to tell you, i'm just hoping that the general idea of my thoughts come through because i figure that's my best shot, lol ...

I love boiled eggs, unfortunately i love them so much that 1 is not nearly enough...
It is so beautiful to hear that your grandchildren did such sweetness for you both. It's lovely the family you have raised.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Dossy said...

You can always type your comment into an application that has a spell-checker, then when you're done, copy-and-paste it into the comment box on the blog you're commenting on.

It also gives you the opportunity to save the draft, let it cook for a while, then decide to post it or not.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous RedolentRepartee said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog.

I don't mind the spelling errors (though I don't recall seeing any in your comment). I do however find it a little vexing when I feel that people have left comments after reading, but not really *reading* posts. I think we are all somewhat guilty of giving only a cursory review to entries (especially the long ones) rather than the more attentive and prudent scrutiny that perhaps fellow bloggers deserve. It's something I'll be more careful to watch for in the future.

Thanks again!

8:32 PM  
Blogger Appellant said...

I perfectly understand how you feel. I'm kinda like that too when I leave comments. I worry about the spelling, or if I worded my comments right, or how the author might feel about what I'm gonna say.

Anyways, you got a good thing going on here. I know a lot of people appreciate getting a comment or two from other bloggers. I know I woould.

8:41 PM  
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